Customized Family Vacations to Costa Rica

Costa Rica Family Vacations

One of our specialties is creating stress-free Costa Rica family vacations. Browse these customizable packages to get started and let us create a vacation you’ll remember forever!

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Take a Costa Rica Family Vacation

Having been in business since 1999, we have the experience, expertise, and in-country customer service to offer a personalized experience based on your travel personality. Enjoycomplete peace of mind when planning your Costa Rica family vacations knowing that we will take the time to understand your exact needs so we can design a trip that fits you and your loved ones perfectly.

Traveling to Costa Rica with kids doesn’t have to be difficult. The last thing you want when you are with your family on vacation is to think about logistics, booking issues, or problems.

When you book our Costa Rica family vacation packages, you also have access to our 24/7 customer service team. Never worry about anything, we’ll take care of it while you simply sit back and enjoy!

Helping You Get the Best Family Vacation

No matter how diverse your family’s interests, our Costa Rica based travel agency can handle them! From toddlers and tweens to teenagers and grandparents, we tailor Costa Rica family vacations to cater all ages and tastes.

Whether you have an action-packed or easy-going holiday in mind, we customize our Costa Rica family vacation packages to your preference.

If you need a combination of activities for different members of your family, consider it done. Tell us what you want, and we’ll make our best to accommodate you.

Options are abundant. For those looking for adrenaline there are various experiences, all from whitewater rafting to outdoor excursions.

If you are looking for a more relaxing Costa Rica family vacation, there are pools and volcanic hot springs where you can lounge in peace or let the kids play.

Are you a nature lover? Take in the sights and sounds of wildlife with guided jungle walks or whale watching tours. There’s something for everyone.

Choose the Right Destination for Your Costa Rica Family Vacation

Once you know WHAT you want to do then give some thought to WHERE you want to do it.

Costa Rica has a variety of landscapes and hotels to match. Do you want to be by a beach or looking at a volcano? How about both? We can tailor family vacations to be a multi-destination trip.

There is also no shortage of accommodations for your Costa Rica family travel. Since we live here, we have personally stayed in all of the options we offer: from the large and luxurious for an all-inclusive family vacation, to boutique eco-resorts, hotels, and lodges for a catered set of interests. Our team of local experts can share every detail with you so you know what to expect.

When you think about your next family vacation, consider Costa Rica and let our team work with you to create a unique experience that will satisfy your entire travel group. We also offer a 100% money-back guarantee on our Costa Rica family vacations, so you know you will love traveling with us.

24/7 In-Country Service: Stress-Free Family Vacation

What do you do if there is an emergency when you are on vacation, or even if you just need some advice? Booking yourself or with a ‘faceless’ agency can leave you stranded and somewhat alone.

When you book with Costa Rican Vacations, you can rest assured that no matter what happens on your vacation you have an entire team of people, here in Costa Rica, waiting to help you and your family.

Our travel experience team have resolved with success and speed a large range of requests and unexpected complications. From dealing with medical emergencies, making arrangements for lost passports, or just offering helpful advice, we are one call away all day and night.

If you and your family want to book additional tours, need to request special items, or just want to discuss the best options for dinner, call us as well. We’re happy to help!

Knowing that your family is in safe hands and that you have all the support you could ever need will make your family trip that much less stressful and much more enjoyable. After all, don’t you and your family deserve the best? So don’t delay, contact ustoday and discover how our in-country travel experience team can help make your Costa Rica family vacations an incredible experience.

Make This Your Best Vacation Ever…You Deserve It!

Tips to Travel with Kids to Costa Rica

Travel with kids to Costa Rica—or anywhere—can be tough. There’s a lot of planning and strategizing to do and the planning phase is never complete without some crossed fingers.

The thought of air travel and car travel and paper-thin hotel walls has you feeling a little stressed. Because let’s be honest: It would probably be easier to get a herd of African elephants to dance the Christmas Nutcracker than it is to travel with kids (especially young ones).

That’s where we come in. With a bit of preparation—plus a dose of good cheer and some luck—our tips on traveling with kids will take you round-trip from home to Costa Rica and back again. And what an amazing trip it will be!

1. Book in Advance

Spontaneity is an exciting way to travel, but it’s best left to solo or adults-only vacations.

After a long day on the road, you don’t want to arrive to a town with no hotel vacancies. If you promise your kids the turtle-watching tour of a lifetime, don’t discover that you’re visiting during the off-season. When it comes to kids and happy traveling, it’s better to book and plan well ahead of time.

2. Take Your Time

We don’t have control over every aspect of traveling—delays, traffic and missed connections happen. But in our experience, the absolute best gift you can give your traveling family is time.

Once you’ve made it to Costa Rica, don’t pack so many tours and attractions onto the itinerary. Kids, especially younger ones, are all about the journey. They want to touch every rock and inspect every inch of fungus. Make sure you have the time to let kids travel like kids.

3. Pack Important Items

The traditional packing advice is to pack lightly. That still holds true, except for all those items that, if absent, will cause an absolute fit. This could be a special blankie, but also includes a favorite book, a preferred snack food, or the only song that will get your child to sleep.

This guideline also extends to brand-name goods. Many areas of Costa Rica have stores and supermarkets that carry imported goods.

If there’s only one diaper brand that prevents your child’s rash,for example, verify with your Travel Consultant in advance.

4. Buy What You Can Locally

It’s preferable to leave most non-essentials at home. For example, there are dozens of new cookies, crackers and other snacks to discover in any supermarket.

Diapers, even swim diapers and pull-ups, can be found almost everywhere. Baby wipes, antibacterial gel, sippy cups, coloring books—these things are all readily available throughout Costa Rica.

5. Don’t Forget the Meds

If your children (or you) are on any type of medication—prescription or over-the-counter—pack it. Even with OTC medications, you may not be able to find your preferred brand locally.

6. Ready an Activity Bag

Create an activity bag that your children can take on the airplane, on the shuttle bus, or in the backseat of your rental car. It helps to mix in standby favorites—say, a busy book for toddlers or handheld game system for the older set—with new diversions.

Bonus points for throwing in Costa Rica-themed activities, like a rainforest search-and-find, or a beachy tablet app.

7. Pack the Tablet

Even if you avoid extended screen time at home, traveling can be the perfect time to bend the rules.

Download some age-appropriate apps, load up the tablet with a few movies/videos, and let your children veg out during a long car ride or airport layover. Your sanity will thank you.

8. Be Prepared for Costa Rican Weather

This sounds obvious, but pack weather-appropriate clothes – being too cold or too hot can cause serious crankiness.

If you’ll be traveling to higher elevations, like the Monteverde Cloud Forest, be sure to bring warm layers and cozy pajamas.

9. Embrace a Routine

Children thrive on routine. When you’re traveling, that routine is often thrown out-of-whack, and kids often get cranky and irritable as a result. Try to plan around your children’s regular bedtimes, meal times, nap times, and other important routines from home.

Most planned tours have morning and afternoon departures, so it’s usually easy to pick a time that works for your whole family. If hotel check-in and check-out times could cause problems, ask your travel agent to request early check-in or late check-out when you make your reservations.

10. Involve Your Kids in Planning

One of the best parts of kid-friendly travel is the pre-planning. Take some time to tell the kids about where you’re going. Set the scene: let them know that they’ll see monkeys or that the beach will be right outside their hotel room door. Get them excited about everything you’ll see and experience.

Give your kids the chance to pick at least one activity—totally their choice. If this is a little too intimidating, let them choose from a parent-approved list. There are so many choices for family fun, including hanging bridges, safari river floats, kayaking, canopy zip lines and waterfall horseback rides.

The Number One tip when trip planning is: Make sure to pick tours that will wear them out. Whether it’s exhilarating zip-lines or whitewater rafting, a full day of please-touch activities or long (but interesting) hikes, choose tours they’ll love until they beg for bedtime.

Remember, you’re in paradise—a kid-friendly and adventurous paradise. Costa Rica is the perfect choice for traveling with kids, from the youngest infants to surly teenagers and beyond. So take a deep breath, relax and enjoy your vacation.

An Itinerary for Every Occasion

If you’re wondering what types of family trips we can put together, the answer is ‘the one you need.’ With our experience and local knowledge, you can rest assured all your wants are taken care of.

Family Celebrations in Costa Rica

Gone are the days when family vacations meant long car rides or standing in line at a mega-theme park. Today, families are traveling further afar than ever before.

The dynamics of family groups are also changing. Destinations like Costa Rica no longer only serve the nuclear family of years past.

Today grandparents, cousins, and even multiple families are increasingly planning epic journeys together. Every day we help families plan adventures in Costa Rica that inspire, invigorate and educate.

Here are a few Costa Rica family vacation tips on organizing celebrations and group adventures.

A Graduation Celebration in Costa Rica

Often, family groups are traveling together to celebrate a monumental occasion or event. For example, a high school or college graduations is an important milestone to celebrate together as a family. This great accomplishment is typically followed by a life change that may mean the graduate won’t be able to travel as freely.

Many of our clients gather extended families for one last big trip before the graduate embarks on the next stage of his or her life.

For these groups, balancing sightseeing with relaxing together as a family is important. Oftentimes graduation celebration trips are more about celebrating and spending time together with extended family than hitting every landmark or point of interest in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has a wide range of private villas that can accommodate even the largest group, complete with staff. This ensures your group is well looked after so you can make the most of your family time.

A Remote and Exotic Girls Getaway is Easier Than You May Think

In recent years, a number of world-class yoga studios and health-focused hotels have opened across Costa Rica. The yogic principles are simple to learn and ascribe to when surrounded by the calm and natural beauty found in Costa Rica.

With ample opportunity to practice yoga, ladies of the family gather in Costa Rica to enjoy healthy, fresh food, and days relaxing at the spa. Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a healthy, invigorating and pampering girl’s getaway.

The Family Who Adventures Together

Did you know that Costa Rica is the birthplace of the zip line? With adventure in our DNA, Costa Rica offers plenty of opportunities for adrenaline-seeking families to play and explore together.

From remote, jungle lodges to beach-front resorts, families celebrate milestone events together by taking the adventure of their choice. They can zip line through the forest, hike up volcanoes or take surf lessons.

Working Together as a Family to Support Conservation

Though Costa Rica totals only 0.3% of the planet’s landmass, it holds 5% of the total biodiversity. This is unmatched anywhere else on Earth. There are a number of ways travelers can get their hands dirty helping scientists and biologists preserve Costa Rica’s wildlife and the environment.

Is your child embarking on one of the numerous conservation-oriented internship or volunteer programs in Costa Rica? Consider joining your young conservationist here before or after the program.

We can plan a conservation experience for the entire family, including things like working with the Tortuguero Sea Turtle project, assisting in the protection of the endangered Jaguar, or helping and accepting the hospitality of a local farming family.

You Will Love Your Holiday with Us, We Guarantee It!

Interested in learning more? Our Costa Rica expert, Rodo Alvarez hosted a webinar, Guide to Family Travel in Costa Rica, with Tara Cabantingan, our Travel Consultant and guest speaker.

What destinations to pick that will best suit your needs? Which hotels are family-friendly? Can you trust your kids with babysitting services? What tours are most suitable for your family members? Get insight on these questions and other tips we share with our clients when planning a trip to Costa Rica!

Family Vacation Top Tip

Before coming down here, purchase UV 50 waterproof swim pants and shirts! The sun is stronger here than in moderate climates, and your kids will be safe coming in and out of the water all the time. Buy one for yourself, too!


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